Literal Language: Definition & Examples


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Literal language refers to the use of words solely by their…

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1. What term identifies the use of words in figures of speech to convey meanings different from their usual definitions?

2. Which of these media would most likely be the most open to literal interpretation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept of literal language. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the differences between literal language and figures of speech.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Literal language definition
  • Figures of speech
  • Type of media that often uses literal language

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related language lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as figure of speech
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of language use represented when we say, ''pull your leg''.

Additional Learning

To learn more about language, review the accompanying lesson called Literal Language: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of literal language
  • Know when to use literal language
  • Differentiate literal language and a figure of speech
  • Explore the meanings of the terms ''literal translation'' and ''literal interpretation''